Spectacular food meets fantastic views this winter as we welcome Jam Shed Supper Club back to Southbank Centre. Situated in the St Paul’s Pavilion at the top of our Royal Festival Hall, this nightly dining event offers you the opportunity to enjoy specially crafted menus from former MasterChef finalists, whilst savouring a stunning view of the city skyline.
From 13 November to 15 December, five former MasterChef finalists, including two past champions and a familiar face from daytime television, will be serving up sumptuous supper menus. Here’s who we’ll be welcoming to our kitchen.
Sheffield’s Stuart Archer reached the finals of MasterChef 2016, earning high praise for dishes including ox cheek and wild mushrooms. Since MasterChef he has been running a private home fine dining business and various pop-up restaurants.
Making use of his day job as a research chemist, Archer has given private cookery lessons on molecular gastronomy, as well as teaching the science behind bakery to university students. His Jam Shed Supper Club menu includes a main course of ‘Jam Shed’ ox cheek, truffle mash, and cider-braised shallots.
Hampshire’s Jane Devonshire only entered the 2016 MasterChef at the insistence of her youngest child Ben, but duly rewarded her son’s persistence by being crowned the series champion.
Since lifting the MasterChef trophy Devonshire has spent time in the kitchen at Le Gavroche under the tutelage of Michele Roux Jr and has produced her own special gluten-free cookbook; Hassle Free Gluten Free, in association with Coeliac UK. Her Jam Shed supper club menu is gluten free and includes focaccia breads, smoked trout scotch egg and an an asparagus and bacon tart.
Dean Edwards finished second in 2006’s MasterChef Goes Large, and has since gone on to become a regular fixture on the nation’s television screens. From an initial guest spot on This Morning, Edwards has hosted a regular cookery slot on ITV’s Lorraine since 2010.
Edwards’ ethos on cooking is that great food doesn’t have to be complicated; it should be simple, achievable, and above all, taste fantastic. He has appeared on Market Kitchen and Saturday Cookbook, and has written two cookbooks, Mincespiration and Feel-Good Family Food. His Jam Shed Supper Club menu includes a toasted hazelnut brownie with salted maple ice cream.
Londoner Natalie Coleman lifted the coveted MasterChef trophy in 2013. Since then she has written her own cookbook Winning Recipes: For Every Day, and combines working as a chef at The Winchmore in North London with running school holiday cookery courses for children.
Coleman has completed stages at some of the best restaurants in the UK including Le Gavroche (Michel Roux Jr), Viajante (Nuno Mendes), St Johns (Fergus Henderson), The Kitchin (Tom Kitchen), L’enclume (Simon Rogan), The Berkeley Hotel (Marcus Wareing), Midsummer House (Daniel Clifford) and The Hand & Flowers (Tom Kerridge). Her Jam Shed Supper Club menu includes duck rillettes, gin-cured salmon and camembert croquettes.
Sara Danesin came to prominence after reaching the final of MasterChef 2011. Since her appearance on the show she has become a well known chef and food consultant working across the country.
Danesin’s cooking is a celebration of both her Italian heritage and the wonderful local produce the UK has to offer. Her ethos is simplicity and a handful of ingredients, something which is beautifully portrayed in her coking style. Danesin’s Jam Shed Supper Club menu includes arancini, charcuterie and nduja and buffalo mozzarella bruschetta.